The Stewart Society Library
The library of The Stewart Society comprises of more than 2,500 volumes, besides many periodicals, pamphlets and ephemera. All Stewart and Jacobite subjects are covered, as is the broad sweep of Scottish history. Categories of books include the published volumes of the Public Records of Scotland and a nearly complete run of the publications of the Scottish History Society. There are sections on heraldry, genealogy, bookplates, the Jacobite Risings, individual family histories and lots more. Members and researchers are welcome to consult the library and archive. Please email or call to make an appointment or if you have a query. Work is currently in hand to put the catalogue of the library and archive online
The Library, and the Archive are in The Society's premises at: 53 George Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 2HT.
Telephone & Fax: 44+ (0) 131 220 4512 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stewart Society Archive
The Stewart Society is curator of a unique Archive of material of many kinds, mostly donated to the society over the last hundred years. It includes family papers of over 200 Stewart families. The Archive has family trees, genealogies, birthbriefs, heraldic items, manuscript family histories and much more, all available to anyone researching into Stewart family history. Most of the material is unique and therefore not available elsewhere. The archive also contains all the The Stewart magazines published by the Society since it's foundation in 1899. An index is available which enables readers to refer to articles written between 1899 and the 2000s (Work is in hand to update the index to the present day and put it online.)
To consult the archive or the Index of the Stewarts please call or email using the contact details above. Photocopies or pdfs of any article from the magazine are available to members free of charge (there will be a small charge to cover the cost of postage for photocopies).
The Annual Gathering
The Society holds a gathering of members in August or September each year usually in Scotland - at a Stewart house or other place of Stewart interest or connections. A typical Gathering will start on a Friday evening with a buffet supper, followed by the annual General Meeting. On the Saturday there will be visits to places of interest to Stewarts or an event. In the evening there will be a dinner. The Gatherings attract anything up to one hundred members and a number of members plan a Scottish holiday around the Gathering. Every effort is made to keep costs reasonable so that as many members as possible can attend. In 2014 the Gathering will be at Ballone Castle in Tain, Ross on 22-24th August. For more details see the home page.
The Magazine and Newsletter
The magazine is published annually in June and is an extremely professional publication containing articles on subjects of general or specific Stewart interest, book reviews, an account of the previous year's Gatherings, etc. To anyone interested in history and their family history in particular, the Magazine alone is worth the membership subscription. There is also a newsletter which appears twice a year which you can receive on paper or electronically.
The Stewart Society Benevolent Fund
Since 1910 The Society has operated a special fund which is now a registered charity, called The Stewart Society Benevolent Fund, it aims to assist students and other young Stewarts with their studies and careers and to give help financial or otherwise. A special relationship has been developed with the University of St. Andrews (in Fife, Scotland) by which Stewart undergraduates and post-graduates attending that university may receive Bursary Awards (currently worth about £250 per year for any one student) under the Stewart-St. Andrews Bursary Awards scheme. Whenever resources permit, it is intended to widen the educative side of the Benevolent Fund's work. Grants(generally around £250) may also be available for Stewarts pursuing particular interests or studies.